Whisper it quietly, but could Daniel Levy again be sharpening his axe, ready to dismiss yet another Tottenham manager? Is Mauricio Pochettino’s job really safe?
The 11th manager under his stewardship is only in his first year at White Hart Lane and his team sit only six points off a Champions League place. However, following a humbling capitulation at the hands of rivals Manchester United, the chance of a top-four place remains slim at best.
With Spurs also out of every cup competition, will Levy really see this as the progression he craves so dearly? Still needing another 20 points to overhaul Sherwood’s solitary season in charge and a further three points to ensure he records more than the much-maligned Andre Villas Boas.
The Argentinian will point to how he has been so keen to include youth in his sides, with players such as Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and of course the revelation that is Harry Kane. However, did injuries and lack of form force his hand? Where would Spurs be now if Pochettino had included the young forward from August, rather than simply giving into undeniable fan pressure?
Some of his detractors would also argue that his predecessor did much of the hard-work, bedding the young players into his first XI months before the current manager reverted to doing the same.
Of course, this seems a harsh assessment, for if Eriksen’s free kick, dipped underneath, rather than hitting the crossbar, Tottenham could have very well lifted the first major trophy of the domestic season. Also with nine games to go the opportunity for Champions League football is still available.
At a normal football club, under a normal chairman, his job would be safe beyond measure. But this is not a normal chairman, he has shown a propensity to dispense with managers like few others in the game and has arguably turned the club into a circus.
The main argument for keeping Pochettino in a job is the effects he seems to already be having; they are now one of the fittest teams in the league. Their sheer volume of late goals point to that fact. With another pre-season and another window to sculpt his own team, Poch could still be hugely successful in North London.
AVB was dismissed following capitulations against Liverpool and Manchester City; the current Tottenham team have been as humbly dispatched by Fiorentina in Europe and at Old Trafford last time out in the league.
Although, the majority of sane football fans would despair at the sheer thought of the former Southampton man even being at risk of losing his job, Daniel Levy has proved himself to be an impatient man, if Spurs’ season now feebly ends with a whimper. The chairman may, once again, feel like he has a decision to make.